Roads and Maritime Services (replacing Roads and Traffic Authority) to host International Bridge Conference

1 August 2011

The Roads and Traffic Authority will host the eighth Austroads Bridge Conference in Sydney showcasing the achievements of world leaders in bridge engineering.

A Roads and Traffic Authority spokesperson said the conference, to be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour, will allow for the greatest minds in bridge building to share and develop ideas.

“This is a chance to explore opportunities and investigate the progress and future directions in bridge engineering and management on an international scale,” the spokesperson said.

The program which runs for six days from 31 October includes 126 speeches, work shops and social events. It also ends with a technical tour on Saturday 5 November.

The Roads and Traffic Authority spokesperson said the conference will have an emphasis on encouraging young engineers to take part and put their ideas on paper to be in the running for the ‘Young Authors Award.’

“This is a great opportunity for students or those who have just completed their studies to launch their careers in the area of bridge engineering and learn from a string of experienced speakers,” the spokesperson said.

“The Roads and Traffic Authority has the responsibility for 5,094 bridges across NSW including major drains as well as 22 tunnels and nine vehicular ferries making them the ideal organisation to host such an event.

“The conference will be aimed at looking at better ways to provide safe sustainable and effective bridges which are crucial links in the transport network.”

Key speakers at the conference from Germany, the USA, the UK, Japan and Australia will discuss issues about state of the art cable-stayed bridges, sustainable highway bridges, estimating loads and rating bridges, the latest technology and bridge monitoring.

For information about the Austroads Bridge Conference go to or contact (02) 9254 5000. Registrations and sponsorship for the conference close on 31 August.

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